Spare Change

Spare Change

This animation short by Ryan Larkin (Walking, Street Musique, etc.) recounts some “comical experiences” Larkin had during his many years as a panhandler in Montreal. It tells the story of Astral Pan, a street beggar (voiced by Larkin himself), who takes us on a wild journey from the sidewalks of a wintry Montreal day, to the gates of Heaven and Hell and back. The great filmmaker passed away before finishing his film. Spare Change was completed by a friend, producer and singer-songwriter Laurie Gordon, assisted by a team of young, devoted animators.

Original music by Laurie Gordon's band Chiwawa, featuring the single "Do It For Me."

Pedagogical evaluations and study guides are only available to CAMPUS subscribers.


Features designed specifically for teachers. Learn more

Already subscribed? Sign in

  • writer
    Ryan Larkin
  • initial direction
    Ryan Larkin
  • design
    Ryan Larkin
  • animation
    Ryan Larkin
  • co-director
    Laurie Gordon
  • design - collaboration
    Éric Lepage
    Yin Ko Lee
    Tom Tassel
  • animation - collaboration
    Éric Lepage
    Yin Ko Lee
    Tom Tassel
  • music
  • sound design
  • producer
    Laurie Gordon
    Marcy Page
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • consulting producer
    Craig Graham
  • digital imaging
    Randall Finnerty
  • digital imaging - assistance
    Sarah Marchand
  • digital imaging consultation
    Susan Gourley
  • watercolours
    Kristina Berey
  • voice
    Ryan Larkin
    Krassy Halatchev
    Laurie Gordon
  • recording
    Satellite Records Canada
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • live-action cinematography
    Ryan Larkin
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
  • technical coordination
    Julie Laperrière
  • marketing
    Mia Desroches
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
  • production coordination
    Marie-Christine Nadon

Spare Change
Also available
  • Felipe_Carrelli

    the true artist can draw from their daily lives, no matter how ordinary it is, his art.

    Felipe_Carrelli, 13 Dec 2011
  • tsitra

    great creative work and kudos to Laurie Gordon who never stop believing in Ryan. Quite the friend!

    tsitra, 24 Jul 2011
  • RussP

    He really was a genius.

    RussP, 3 Nov 2010

Embed this code on your site

Spare Change, Ryan Larkin & Laurie Gordon, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Video player width

by Reset
The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more